Free Workshop – Music For Worship

Free Music for Worship Workshop
for Lay Preachers and worship leaders
21 March 2020, 9:30 to 12:00 noon
Waiwhetu Uniting Church
6 Trafalgar Street. Waiwhetu Lower Hutt.

Leader: Philip Garside.
Guest composer: Jonathan Berkahn.

RSVP to Lyn Price 
Email: or Phone: (04) 567 4356

Prayer for Whakaari/White Island

Ko ngā raorao katoa ka whakarewaina ake, ko ngā maunga katoa me ngā pukepuke, ka whakapāpakutia iho: ko ngā wāhi kōpikopiko ka meinga kia tika, ko ngā wāhi taratara kia papatairite (PT Ihaia 40:4).

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. (Isaiah 40:4)

Maren is a pastor and poet who lives in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Last year she spent a month in Auckland as ‘writer in residence’ at the Vaughan Park, the Anglican retreat centre at Long Bay. During that time she visited historic sites around the north with a Maori guide. Maren has a real feel for NZ and for years has accepted many Kiwi contributions for her blog. (I had the good fortune to be able to stay with her for 4 days in September.)

Nga mihi
Rosalie Sugrue

Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers Gathering – 2 November 2019

Presented by : Richard Bonifant

A fresh look at the imaginative approaches to
preaching, storytelling and making connections
between the World and the Bible.

When – Saturday 2nd November, 2019.
9.30am -12.30pm
Where- St John’s College, Auckland
Koha $10

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Year A Matthew Lectionary 2020!

Also Books for Sale
From Philip Garside Publishing Ltd.

Please register your attendance by 26th October.
to Linda Hall
Phone: 09 521 5360

Please bring a plate.

Philip and the Ethiopian

This play, by Joy Kingsbury-Aitken, is based on Acts 8:26-40, and was written with youth groups in mind.

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The studio of a Christian radio station.
Three people, wearing headphones, are seated around a microphone.

Radio Announcer: Christian radio welcomes you to this week’s episode of “The History of the Church”. Today our panel of church historians will be discussing the coming of Christianity to Ethiopia.

Panel, to begin with, would you share with our listeners some fascinating facts about the church in this North African nation.

First panellist: It may interest our listeners to know that the Egyptian Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox churches are the only expressions of Christianity in the continent of Africa that predate the witness of western missionaries. Christianity was recognised as the state religion of Ethiopia in the fourth century, only a few years after Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.

Announcer: So Christianity has existed in Ethiopia for a very long time.

Second panellist: Indeed. There were Christians in this part of Africa from the first century. The indigenous Ethiopian church has been a great survivor. …

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The Handwriting on the Wall

A play for youth groups by Joy Kingsley-Aitken.

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Scene One

An elderly scribe is sitting at a table on which is stacked a pile of clay tablets. He picks one up and begins to read it aloud.

Scribe: God says here through the prophet Hosea, “My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows. No, I will not unleash my fierce anger. I will not completely destroy Israel, for I am God and not a mere mortal. I am the Holy One living among you, and I will not come to destroy, for someday the people will follow me. I, the LORD, will roar like a lion. And when I roar, my people will return trembling from the west. Like a flock of birds, they will come from Egypt. Trembling like doves, they will return from Assyria. And I will bring them home again, says the Lord.”

He sets down the tablet.

Most High God when will your fulfil your promise? When will you bring us home again? Not just from Egypt and Assyria but from Babylon too. I was a baby in my mother’s arms when she and all my family were forced to march day after day all the way from Jerusalem to Babylon. The journey was too long for many, the days too hot and the nights too cold. There was too little water and too much dust. Though many died, many managed to survive, to live in captivity here, dreaming of our homeland, willing to undergo the perils of the return journey. I am an old man now. Will I ever see Jerusalem? When I left I was too little to remember anything of her? God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when will you fulfil your promise?

The scribe stands up. He gathers up the clay tablets and leaves the room.

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Joseph tests his brothers

A play with seven speaking and eight non-speaking parts, by Joy Kingsbury-Aitken and set in Ancient Egypt, written for youth groups:

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In an office, beside a grain store in ancient Egypt, near the border with Canaan, the “first minister” of the kingdom is checking the distribution records for the store. A slave enters.

SLAVE: Excuse me your Excellency. There are ten men here from Canaan come to buy grain. What do I tell them?

JOSEPH (preoccupied): Tell them to go away. Egyptian grain is for Egyptians, not for the riff raff of other nations who haven’t made provisions for hard times.

SLAVE: They won’t like that.

(The slaves exits, then hurries back a few moments later).

Your Excellency …

JOSEPH (impatiently): Now what? …

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